End Of An Error (12/1/99)

Stick a fork in it-- it's done. Apple Expo 2000, the UK Mac trade show to end all UK Mac trade shows, has just, well, ended. After Apple recently reneged on a promise to attend and bring along Steve Jobs to deliver one of his fabulous keynote addresses, the whole show began to crumble, until finally it vaporized completely. A Macworld UK article has more on this disturbing development.

Why is it disturbing? Because it's the culmination of a pattern of abuse; Apple has pulled out of UK Apple shows (or cancelled them outright) for three years straight now. And in this codependent relationship, Apple Expo 2000 was supposed to be Apple's olive branch-- the one show that would make up for all those past sins. Unfortunately, it wasn't meant to be, and we imagine that the UK Mac community is more than a little steamed right now. Once Apple pulled out, there was much debate among the show's organizers and exhibitors over what should become of the show. Should it be another Apple-less Apple Expo, or should everyone just cut their losses, cancel the gig, and get on with life? As it turns out, Apple pretty much made the decision for them. When Steve and company bailed on the show, they reportedly took their ball and went home; Apple withdrew the rights to call the event "Apple Expo." Faced with a starless show and a required name change, those involved finally decided to pack it in.

We still haven't figured out Apple's apparent antagonism towards the UK. In addition to the ongoing Apple Expo disasters, Apple also recently canned the practice of developing and releasing localized (er, "localised") British English versions of the Mac OS. Our best guess right now is that Steve is privy to some secret government plan for the U.S. to annex the British Isles and declare them the 51st state...

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December 1, 1999: Clear the runways-- AirPort has landed at AtAT. Meanwhile, Steve Jobs' ban on named credits lists in Apple products becomes "official" by virtue of a "real news" article, and Apple Expo 2000 is finally laid to rest...

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  • 1945: Ready For Takeoff (12/1/99)   You're aware of how many Apple-bashers in the press are adopting kindler, gentler attitudes these days? Well, we figured it couldn't last, but longtime Apple critic Hiawatha Bray continues his newly-Mac-tolerant ways in his latest Boston Globe column, as reported by faithful viewer Zach Leber. Sure, Bray gets his licks in as he describes his new iBook, but many of his points are completely valid. We haven't had the opportunity to try to use our iBook on a plane like Bray did, but given how cramped we were even when using our much smaller Duo 280c, we can imagine it's no picnic. Yes, it's big and relatively heavy-- heck, that's our main criticism, too. Yes, we wish Apple had made at least 64 MB of RAM standard in the iBook's shipping configuration. In fact, the only statement with which we flat-out disagree is, "why bother with a built-in handle?" (We love...

  • 1946: Credit Where It's Due (12/1/99)   The Internet press is a funny thing: rumors seem to become official "news" once they get reported by news sites instead of rumor sites, even if the news site's primary source is the rumor site in the first place...

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